Brussels attacks show that terrorists can strike at will

It has been a busy week after the sad events in Brussels. A lot of links and posting to catch up on, but am on the road so not so easy to do. For the time being, here is my preliminary thoughts on the attack for the Financial Times. More to come soon. Brussels Attacks […] Read more »

The Islamic State Threat to Britain: Evidence from Recent Terror Trials

A new piece for the CTC Sentinel looking at recent terrorist attack planning in the UK, trying to identify the specific nature of the threats. For the most part, there has been little evidence at trial of direct attack planning though it certainly is something that lurks in the background of a couple. Undoubtedly a […] Read more »

Developing an Effective Anti-ISIS Strategy

The recent terror attacks in Paris have created renewed demand to develop a real strategy for defeating ISIS. These attacks show spillover from the Syrian Civil War that threatens the livelihood of people far beyond Syria’s borders.

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ISIS, Terrorism and the UK

And a final catch-up piece, this time a chapter in a report colleagues (Liz and Jonathan) at RUSI pulled together looking at the UK government’s response to the threat from ISIS. The whole thing is available here for free, but I have pasted the first few paragraphs here to give you a flavour. V. ISIS, […] Read more »

Turkey Takes Aim

Since the deadly terrorist attacks that killed 30 in Suruc two weeks ago, President Recep Erdogan has initiated an air campaign on the Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic). Yet, the Turkish government’s efforts have been aimed largely at Kurdish positions in northern Iraq more than Daesh positions in Syria. While initial airstrikes were on Daesh […]

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Syria’s Future Crisis: A Lost Generation

This past weekend, intense fighting between Daesh and Syrian-Kurds in areas of Northern Syria forced more than 23,000 Syrians to cross into Turkey, adding to the 1.7 million registered Syrian refugees already living in the country. Since the onset of the Syrian Civil War in March 2011, nearly 4 million Syrians have fled the country […]

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The ‘Incomplete’ Strategy Against ISIS

The deployment of an additional 450 military personnel to train Iraqi forces is a necessary, but political solutions will also be needed to combat Daesh.

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The Texas Attack: An Expression of Daesh’s Reach?

A new brief reaction piece for my home institute RUSI looking at some of the current trends in ISIS and jihadism. My preference is to use ISIS, but it appears as though the institutional choice is Daesh. Undoubtedly more on this topic to come. In the meantime, I have been doing book promotion events around […] Read more »

What’s in a Name? ISIL being labeled Daesh

“Daesh” is derived from a rough acronym of ISIL’s original Arabic name, transliterated into English: al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. It is sometimes seen spelled as DAASH, DA’ISH, or variations thereof.

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